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Chalet in Bellaire
The Greenhouse: a cozy Northern Michigan Chalet
Recharge at this unique and tranquil getaway. A destination for nature lovers who want to get lost, interchangeably with romping about partaking in local activities! Nestled in a Shanty Creek Resort spacious and quiet neighborhood (Schuss Village East), just 10 minutes from downtown Bellaire, and just 15 minutes from Torch Lake at Alden. Shanty Creek Resort is well known for skiing in the winter, golf in the summer. Bellaire is home to the infamous Short’s brewery, and great food and nightlife!
ﺩ.ﺇ417 per night
Condo in Bellaire
Lakeview 🌅 Fireplace, Walk to Summit GC & Pools ⛳️
NO AIRBNB FEES! This 1 bedroom, 2 bed, 620 sq. ft. condo sleeps 4 and is located in Summit Village at Shanty Creek Resort. Features a full kitchen, wood burning fireplace, pull out sofa bed, and private deck for stunning Lake Bellaire sunset. Your stay includes access to multiple indoor pools and hot tubs as well as outdoor pools. Our condo is a short walk to the Summit Golf Course, Shanty Town and the Lakeview Restaurant. Staying here means you're right in the heart of Shanty Creek Resort!
ﺩ.ﺇ536 per night
Tiny home in Bellaire
Awesome! Tiny Home Industrial/Brewery Themed
This tiny home is brand new from ground up in the spring of 2019! It’s a industrial style home and equipped with everything you’ll need for a great stay! Please make note of the spiral staircase as it is steep. It’s located in a private corner of our property with its own drive so you will feel completely on your own. It’s located about 7 miles from Bellaire and Shorts brewery as well as torch lake. It’s about 45 minutes from traverse city, Charlevoix and Petoskey.
ﺩ.ﺇ287 per night

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Your guide to Torch Lake


One of the most picturesque lakes in Michigan — which is saying something, considering it’s next to Lake Michigan — Torch Lake is beloved for turquoise water so clear you can see the bottom. Some even compare it to the Caribbean. The shoreline of this 19-mile-long body of water, the biggest of 14 in the Elk River chain of lakes, is ringed by evergreen trees and pricey lakefront homes. Most visitors come here to spend their days in and on the water, whether in a fishing boat or on jet skis, innertubes, or paddleboards.

During the summer months, boats and rafts cluster along the shallow two-mile sandbar at the lake’s south end, resembling a floating party. But it’s easy to drift away from the festivities to a spot where you can relax and soak in the beauty of Northern Michigan, or placidly fish for trout and wide-mouth bass. Off the water, small resort towns such as Elk Rapids, Alden, and Bellaire promise distraction in the form of restaurants and shops, and the cultural draws of Traverse City are just 30 miles away.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Torch Lake?

Given Torch Lake’s location in northern Lower Michigan, it may not be a surprise that peak season for booking vacation rentals here is June through August, when the temperatures hang between the 60s and 80s Fahrenheit. While sunny days are frequent in summer, so are rainy ones, especially in August and September, so bring waterproof jackets along with your swimsuits and sunblock. Both spring (April-May) and fall (October-November) are gorgeous in Michigan, with cool temperatures and plenty of color in the wildflowers and trees. Although the lake does not freeze in winter, below-freezing temperatures and snowfall are common. Bundle up!

What are the top things to do in Torch Lake?


A number of companies rent out pontoons or small boats for an afternoon or a few days. You can stay on the lake — after all, there’s quite a bit of it to peruse — or, if you have a smaller boat, travel along the river to the connected Elk Lake and Clam Lake.


Located just 20 miles from the northern tip of Torch Lake, picturesque Charlevoix is worth a day trip to browse through the craft shops and wander around the century-old Castle Farms. Charlevoix’s most eye-opening feature: 26 stone-and-thatch cottages known as “mushroom houses.”

Grass River Natural Area

With Grand Traverse Bay to the west and Torch Lake to the east, your options for shoreline walks are many, and there are bike trails aplenty as well. Dedicated hikers will enjoy exploring the forests and meadows of the 1,500-acre Grass River Nature Preserve in Bellaire, as well as a 1.5-mile-long boardwalk that leads through the wetlands.

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